William R. McManus Sr. 1957 – 2014

OTIS — Bill McManus passed away unexpectedly May 3, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 21, 1957, in Ware, Mass., son of John H. and Margaret M. McManus.

Bill spent most of his early years in Skowhegan and considered that his hometown. Bill took pride in having lived at least for a while in every state in the continental U.S. He spent many years on Cape Cod, in Oklahoma and Florida. Of all the places he lived, his favorite was Marco Island, Fla., with a close second on Beech Hill Pond in Otis. Family was everything to Bill. From having raised his children as a single dad to taking care of his grandson daily while the parents worked, he found his joy in being a husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife, Sheila, of Otis; brother, Joseph McManus Sr., of St. Albans; sister, Linda Perry, of Cape Cod; daughter, Donna and husband, Roger Abbott, of Madison; daughter, Jessica McManus; stepdaughter, Megan and husband, Richard Black; son-in-law, J.J. Stachon; stepson Robert Morse; and his grandchildren, Savannah, Rebecca, John, Robbie, Laury, Jordyn, Parker, James and Lily. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Margie McManus of Skowhegan; a sister, Winnie Belliveau; son, Bill Jr.; and daughter, Rebecca.

A celebration of life will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Eagles Club in Skowhegan.

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